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  • Nonaerosol pump bottle contains 24 fl. oz. of repellent, or enough to coat four full outfits; a full outfit consists of shirt, trousers and socks
  • One treatment will last up to 6 washings or 6 weeks before clothing has to be treated again
  • Effective against ticks that carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Repellent should be applied outdoors and before clothing is worn; hang clothing, spray and let dry two hours (four hours in humid conditions)
  • Avoid contact with skin and eyes

Made in USA.

Active Ingredient: Permethrin (0.5%)

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Specs

Best Use Camping
Active Ingredient(s) Permethrin (0.5%)
Effective Duration Time 6 washes
Volume 24 fluid ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from greatest product I've found I've used this product to spray my clothing and equipment for trips to mosquito and tick infested areas. It lasts for up to 6 weeks and is the most effective product I have found--also, it keeps the bug spray off my body. Follow directions and don't get it on your skin and don't wear clothing before it dries. I have used it as a preventative (on hats, sleeping bags, bedliners,etc) for head lice and bedbugs and have never had a problem with either, despite extensive travel in Africa and Asia. I recoat my suitcase after every US hotel stay as well.Great product--but don't spray it on your gear in a closed space.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Of The Best I love to fish deep woods streams and ponds in the summer. I have 10 game trail cameras that I hike to check every week . Im an avid hunter . I find this easy to apply and it is the most effective tick repellent( killer) I have ever used . The aerosol cans of this product are effective but not odorless because of the aerosol. The spray bottle has solved that problem for my hunting clothes. Using the spray bottles are indeed odorless when it dries. While checking my game trail cameras in my hunting suit, and while out hunting , I love the idea that I am killing every tick that comes in contact with me LOL
Date published: 2012-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is magical stuff!!! Permethrin is safe for humans and works great for treating clothing (not skin). It does have a nasty smell when wet, but once dry has no smell. I use this product to treat all my clothing/gear and find the product is dry in 15-20 minutes. The magical thing about permethrin is 1) its durability to stay attached to clothing even after several washings and 2) how effective it is at keeping bugs away. Bugs fly onto my clothing and instantly fly away. Permethrin should not be your only bug defense. Use this with a skin contact repellant and bugs should not be a bother.
Date published: 2013-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Effective costly way to treat clothes I have used permethrin to treat clothing for travel in Asia and Central America and it has been 100% effective in avoiding mosquito bites when used with DEET or other repellent on the exposed areas. It is sold in 0.5%, 10%, 13%, and 37.5% permethrin strength solutions. You pay a lot more for the more diluted solutions versus making your own. A 16oz. 10% solution can bought for less than the cost the cost of the same amount of diluted pre-mix spray and used to make 10 quarts of solution. Then put the mix in a garden sprayer and saturate the clothing. It is good for a year so even if you do wash the clothes a lot it will still need to be re-applied every 12 months.
Date published: 2011-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Effective for Ticks and Chiggers I purchased this primarily to protect me from ticks and chiggers, which I am exposed to frequently in my work environment. It is highly effective against chiggers when used on socks. I suffered not a single chigger bite when using treated socks. Since using it on work pants I have not seen a single tick on my clothing; however, I started using the project in mid-summer when ticks are not very active in northwest Illinois. In my opinion the cost of this product is well worth it, compared to the sleepless nights and the risk of lime disease one would get from not using it.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product As others have mentioned, this can be messy to apply. The fumes are strong, so I'd recommend spraying outdoors in a well ventilated, non-windy location. I have a pretty sensitive nose, but, after drying the clothing exhibited no detectable odor. I applied permethrin to all the outer layers of clothing my wife and I took on a 17 day trip to Peru and Ecuador. I quickly realized that one 24 oz bottle would never treat all the clothing we were taking, so I purchased a 32 oz bottle of 13.3% permethrin concentrate and diluted it per the manufacturer's instructions. While on our trip, which included a two day stay in the Amazon rain forest, neither of us was bothered by mosquitoes or other insects. (We also applied 98% DEET spray to our exposed skin). It turned out that spraying our clothing had an additional, unforseen benefit. On the last night of our stay in the rain forest, when my wife was repacking her suitcase, she called me to look at what she had found under her clothing. There, on the bottom of her suitcase was the biggest cockroach I had ever seen (see attached photo). I took a picture of it and then realized that it was dead. Upon reflection, I decided that the roach was dispatched by the full load of permethrin coated clothing in her suitcase. I plan to coat all my outerwear with permethrin before any future hiking, camping, or fishing trips. In addition, I will be spraying all my suitcases with permethrin to protect against insect hitchhikers, whether foreign or domestic, finding their way back home in my luggage.
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Permethrin Sets the Standard Permethrin is the standard stuff for keeping little 6 and 8 legged dudes off of us 2 legged and 4 legged dudes. It works very well. Use it mainly to keep disease carrying ticks off of you and your clothing. Everyone knows that much, so enough said. I just don't have anything else to add on that. However, it has been mentioned by other reviewers that permethrin is a dangerous chemical, or it is carcinogenic. That isn't really true unless you are an insect, an arachnid, an arthropod, or a cat. It is highly toxic to all of those. I'm not saying that you should mix it with your morning coffee, but it is the same stuff that is used in shampoo or lotion form, under various brand names, that is applied directly to the skin and kills head lice in children, and scabies (body lice) infestations, as well as other types of lice infestations, such as crabs. It is also sold as flea dip for dogs (not cats). Just follow the directions and apply this product to your clothing and it should last at least a couple of weeks or a couple of washings. Just to be safe I reapply before each outing. Don't spray it on your skin because it isn't effective. Our skin deactivates it rapidly. Just sayin' :)
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a believer After a bug infested backpacking trip to Banff I got serious prior to a trip to Yosemite and treated my clothes and my tent with Sawyers. This is great stuff. The mosquitoes just stayed away. During the Banff trip the mosquitoes would come into the tent in clouds every time we zipped down a flap. At Yosemite, they stayed away. The other tent in our group wasn't treated and it stayed covered with mosquitoes. If you are going to be in serious mosquito country you need to get serious with Sawyers permithrin clothing treatment.
Date published: 2008-07-03
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Is this product okay with pregnancy?

Asked by: vlozano
Sawyer has not provided information on the use of permethrin while pregnant. We encourage you to contact them directly with your inquiry.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-20

Is Permetherin spay safe for use on silk hiking socks?

Asked by: Schmidge
Yes, Permethrin is safe on fragile fabrics such as silk.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-03

when used on clothes does it damage the clothes or can it cause damage to other clothes when they are washed together?

Asked by: Cara
Permethrin will not ruin your clothes even when washed together. Permethrin is compatible for use even on fragile fabrics such as silk, plus all synthetics and waterproof membrane fabrics.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-13

If recently treated clothing is put through a clothes washer and dryer containing non-treated clothing, will any of the permethrin migrate to the non-treated clothing? I'm concerned with the potential of cross-contamination.

Asked by: andygold
Clothing treated with this product is safe to wash with non-treated apparel and the repellant will not transfer over to the non-treated gear.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-31

Is it sake to use on a sil nylon tent? It's a lightweight and is made with no zipper.

Asked by: ekuminhale
When used according to the instructions, Sawyer states that their Permethrin spray will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or any of your outdoor gear. Your tent should be fine.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

Got Sawyers Permethrin spray, and doesn't mention spraying the insides of garments. Do you just apply the spray to the outside of your clothes? I would think the insides of cuffs would give more protection? Nothing on youtube instructions either. 

Asked by: flipinfolsom
Permethrin spray is designed to be applied to the outside of clothing. While it can be applied to the inside of clothing, we feel that it would not be necessary. For example, when it comes to protecting against mosquitos, Permethrin has been determined to have “spatial repellency." This means that mosquitoes will swarm around you, but not land on your treated clothing and bite. Sawyer has determined that Permethrin will not cause any sort of skin irritation.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-16

Does it have a offensive odor or scent that stays even after it has been applied and dried??

Asked by: JDHiker
​Premetherin is odorless, non-greasy and non-staining after it dries.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-11

Does the Permethrin spray expire? If I purchase now with a coupon...will it still be effective for use next spring/summer? Also, safe to use on the clothes and shoes of a 6 year old if worn daily to school?

Asked by: AmyLynne
Yes to both!
Answered by: Sawyer Support Team
Date published: 2017-03-24
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from greatest product I've found I've used this product to spray my clothing and equipment for trips to mosquito and tick infested areas. It lasts for up to 6 weeks and is the most effective product I have found--also, it keeps the bug spray off my body. Follow directions and don't get it on your skin and don't wear clothing before it dries. I have used it as a preventative (on hats, sleeping bags, bedliners,etc) for head lice and bedbugs and have never had a problem with either, despite extensive travel in Africa and Asia. I recoat my suitcase after every US hotel stay as well.Great product--but don't spray it on your gear in a closed space.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Of The Best I love to fish deep woods streams and ponds in the summer. I have 10 game trail cameras that I hike to check every week . Im an avid hunter . I find this easy to apply and it is the most effective tick repellent( killer) I have ever used . The aerosol cans of this product are effective but not odorless because of the aerosol. The spray bottle has solved that problem for my hunting clothes. Using the spray bottles are indeed odorless when it dries. While checking my game trail cameras in my hunting suit, and while out hunting , I love the idea that I am killing every tick that comes in contact with me LOL
Date published: 2012-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is magical stuff!!! Permethrin is safe for humans and works great for treating clothing (not skin). It does have a nasty smell when wet, but once dry has no smell. I use this product to treat all my clothing/gear and find the product is dry in 15-20 minutes. The magical thing about permethrin is 1) its durability to stay attached to clothing even after several washings and 2) how effective it is at keeping bugs away. Bugs fly onto my clothing and instantly fly away. Permethrin should not be your only bug defense. Use this with a skin contact repellant and bugs should not be a bother.
Date published: 2013-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Effective costly way to treat clothes I have used permethrin to treat clothing for travel in Asia and Central America and it has been 100% effective in avoiding mosquito bites when used with DEET or other repellent on the exposed areas. It is sold in 0.5%, 10%, 13%, and 37.5% permethrin strength solutions. You pay a lot more for the more diluted solutions versus making your own. A 16oz. 10% solution can bought for less than the cost the cost of the same amount of diluted pre-mix spray and used to make 10 quarts of solution. Then put the mix in a garden sprayer and saturate the clothing. It is good for a year so even if you do wash the clothes a lot it will still need to be re-applied every 12 months.
Date published: 2011-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Effective for Ticks and Chiggers I purchased this primarily to protect me from ticks and chiggers, which I am exposed to frequently in my work environment. It is highly effective against chiggers when used on socks. I suffered not a single chigger bite when using treated socks. Since using it on work pants I have not seen a single tick on my clothing; however, I started using the project in mid-summer when ticks are not very active in northwest Illinois. In my opinion the cost of this product is well worth it, compared to the sleepless nights and the risk of lime disease one would get from not using it.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product As others have mentioned, this can be messy to apply. The fumes are strong, so I'd recommend spraying outdoors in a well ventilated, non-windy location. I have a pretty sensitive nose, but, after drying the clothing exhibited no detectable odor. I applied permethrin to all the outer layers of clothing my wife and I took on a 17 day trip to Peru and Ecuador. I quickly realized that one 24 oz bottle would never treat all the clothing we were taking, so I purchased a 32 oz bottle of 13.3% permethrin concentrate and diluted it per the manufacturer's instructions. While on our trip, which included a two day stay in the Amazon rain forest, neither of us was bothered by mosquitoes or other insects. (We also applied 98% DEET spray to our exposed skin). It turned out that spraying our clothing had an additional, unforseen benefit. On the last night of our stay in the rain forest, when my wife was repacking her suitcase, she called me to look at what she had found under her clothing. There, on the bottom of her suitcase was the biggest cockroach I had ever seen (see attached photo). I took a picture of it and then realized that it was dead. Upon reflection, I decided that the roach was dispatched by the full load of permethrin coated clothing in her suitcase. I plan to coat all my outerwear with permethrin before any future hiking, camping, or fishing trips. In addition, I will be spraying all my suitcases with permethrin to protect against insect hitchhikers, whether foreign or domestic, finding their way back home in my luggage.
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Permethrin Sets the Standard Permethrin is the standard stuff for keeping little 6 and 8 legged dudes off of us 2 legged and 4 legged dudes. It works very well. Use it mainly to keep disease carrying ticks off of you and your clothing. Everyone knows that much, so enough said. I just don't have anything else to add on that. However, it has been mentioned by other reviewers that permethrin is a dangerous chemical, or it is carcinogenic. That isn't really true unless you are an insect, an arachnid, an arthropod, or a cat. It is highly toxic to all of those. I'm not saying that you should mix it with your morning coffee, but it is the same stuff that is used in shampoo or lotion form, under various brand names, that is applied directly to the skin and kills head lice in children, and scabies (body lice) infestations, as well as other types of lice infestations, such as crabs. It is also sold as flea dip for dogs (not cats). Just follow the directions and apply this product to your clothing and it should last at least a couple of weeks or a couple of washings. Just to be safe I reapply before each outing. Don't spray it on your skin because it isn't effective. Our skin deactivates it rapidly. Just sayin' :)
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a believer After a bug infested backpacking trip to Banff I got serious prior to a trip to Yosemite and treated my clothes and my tent with Sawyers. This is great stuff. The mosquitoes just stayed away. During the Banff trip the mosquitoes would come into the tent in clouds every time we zipped down a flap. At Yosemite, they stayed away. The other tent in our group wasn't treated and it stayed covered with mosquitoes. If you are going to be in serious mosquito country you need to get serious with Sawyers permithrin clothing treatment.
Date published: 2008-07-03
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Questions & Answers

Is this product okay with pregnancy?

Asked by: vlozano
Sawyer has not provided information on the use of permethrin while pregnant. We encourage you to contact them directly with your inquiry.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-20

Is Permetherin spay safe for use on silk hiking socks?

Asked by: Schmidge
Yes, Permethrin is safe on fragile fabrics such as silk.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-03

when used on clothes does it damage the clothes or can it cause damage to other clothes when they are washed together?

Asked by: Cara
Permethrin will not ruin your clothes even when washed together. Permethrin is compatible for use even on fragile fabrics such as silk, plus all synthetics and waterproof membrane fabrics.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-13

If recently treated clothing is put through a clothes washer and dryer containing non-treated clothing, will any of the permethrin migrate to the non-treated clothing? I'm concerned with the potential of cross-contamination.

Asked by: andygold
Clothing treated with this product is safe to wash with non-treated apparel and the repellant will not transfer over to the non-treated gear.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-31

Is it sake to use on a sil nylon tent? It's a lightweight and is made with no zipper.

Asked by: ekuminhale
When used according to the instructions, Sawyer states that their Permethrin spray will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or any of your outdoor gear. Your tent should be fine.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

Got Sawyers Permethrin spray, and doesn't mention spraying the insides of garments. Do you just apply the spray to the outside of your clothes? I would think the insides of cuffs would give more protection? Nothing on youtube instructions either. 

Asked by: flipinfolsom
Permethrin spray is designed to be applied to the outside of clothing. While it can be applied to the inside of clothing, we feel that it would not be necessary. For example, when it comes to protecting against mosquitos, Permethrin has been determined to have “spatial repellency." This means that mosquitoes will swarm around you, but not land on your treated clothing and bite. Sawyer has determined that Permethrin will not cause any sort of skin irritation.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-16

Does it have a offensive odor or scent that stays even after it has been applied and dried??

Asked by: JDHiker
​Premetherin is odorless, non-greasy and non-staining after it dries.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-11

Does the Permethrin spray expire? If I purchase now with a coupon...will it still be effective for use next spring/summer? Also, safe to use on the clothes and shoes of a 6 year old if worn daily to school?

Asked by: AmyLynne
Yes to both!
Answered by: Sawyer Support Team
Date published: 2017-03-24
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